That’s in direct opposition to all other states, which, collectively, saw about a 6 percent decrease in pedestrian fatalities in that same time.
The study was performed by the Governor's Highway Safety Association.
They said what they found is cause for concern.
Of course, there are many factors that come into play when a pedestrian is hit, including time of day and walkers being distracted by cellphones.
But MassDOT has been investigating a lot of money in initiatives to protect pedestrians. Media campaigns, grants and programs have all been focused on safety.
And the GHSA said the connection in fatalities with the legalization of recreational marijuana is worth another look, even as Massachusetts approaches sanctioning the sale of pot in July.